So, it's official I have told the DDO that I would like to wait a year until I begin studying. Has to be formally okayed by the Bishop and Ministry Division, but he didn't think it would be a problem.
We have decided this for several reasons, one of which is that there are still so many things I would like to do, or to explore before being tied down, and let's face it once I start studying it will be 10 years minimum before I can get any extended time off and it's unlikely I would have time to explore other ideas outside of studying or ministry.
So here's a few of the things I would like to do, and I would really love to hear any other suggestions of things to do or people to see!
1: Visit somewhere the Holy Spirit is really moving (and I mean really... hugely, massivley, undeniably)
2: Visit and spend time in some other 'pioneering' ministries, to see what/how/why etc
3: Spend some time with women doing pioneering stuff in the CofE
4: There are a couple of people who I have read about/heard of who I would like to do some work shadowing with (won't name them yet as have not been in touch with them yet, but will do so in due course!)
5: Be a bit (more) crazy for God, spend time getting out there, praying for people, in Tesco, in the street, in the dentists... spreading some crazy love!
6: Do a mission trip abroad (and not just a one off but potentially something I could form a relationship with)
Any other ideas....?